War has taken the lives of many, one of which includes Nika Shanava, who is a Georgian 21-year-old.
Nuka joined Ukrainian military forces on March 16, and was killed today in combat near Izium.
The war between Russian and Ukraine is still on going and it is not a new news to us, as the Russian invaded Ukraine in an internationally denounced act of aggression on February 24, 2022.
The invasion has resulted in Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II, with over 4.5 million Ukrainians fleeing and a fourth of the population displaced.
The assault constituted a significant escalation in the Russo-Ukrainian War, which began after the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity in 2014.
Russia then annexed Crimea, and Russian-backed rebels seized a portion of Ukraine’s south-eastern Donbas area, triggering a conflict.
Russia initiated a significant military buildup near its border with Ukraine in 2021, gathering up to 190,000 troops and equipment. Russian President Vladimir Putin preached irredentist sentiments, questioned Ukraine’s claim to statehood, and falsely accused Ukraine of being run by neo-Nazis who oppress the ethnic Russian minority in a broadcast just before the invasion.
Nika Shanava was one of the soldiers, who stand to fight for their country, he is a Georgian mercenary, and was killed at Izyum.
In mid-March, Nika, 21, and his 19-year-old brother traveled to Ukraine to fight against the Russian army. This turned out to be their biggest blunder in their brief lives.
Georgian media reported that, Luka Shanava and his brother, Nika, came to Ukraine on March 16. “We came because we are concerned about our country’s bright future.”
Former Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Okruashvili, who is fighting on Ukraine’s side against Russia, revealed the death of two Georgian volunteer soldiers in Ukraine on April 9.
With the deaths of Shanava and Luka, the number of Georgian volunteer fighters killed on Ukraine’s side in recent weeks has risen to six.
Gia Beriashvili, Davit Ratiani (both slain in Irpin), Bakhva Chikobava (killed in Mariupol), and Davit Gobejishvili (also killed in Irpin) were also assassinated during Russia’s violent invasion of Ukraine.
Nika Shanava’s death cause was from getting killed during war attacks by Russian soldiers. He was just 21 years old, and his death has left family, friends, and loved ones saddened and shattered.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has prompted political unrest in Georgia, where residents appear to be at odds with their government’s policies and support of Ukraine.
On the day the Russian invasion was revealed, thousands of Georgians flocked to the streets of Tbilisi to protest, with some estimates saying that up to 30,000 people marched along Tbilisi’s Rustaveli Avenue.